|This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Public Access to Montessori education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, beginning with the Amay James partial magnet in 1992. That CMS has not only a thriving Montessori school, but also a collection of four Montessori elementary schools and Secondary Montessori school available to the public is an amazing accomplishment. There are many educators and administrators responsible for building this successful program over the last 25 years and for making it the most coveted magnet program in the district.
This Fall, teachers and parents are coming together to create a Peace Garden at Park Road Montessori that celebrates all of those who have helped us get to 25 years! The Peace Garden will include a bronze statue by Robert Toth and surrounding gardens for the entire school to enjoy. Although it is on one school campus, the Garden will be built to celebrate all current and future Montessori schools in our district. The space will represent a model of education that honors the dignity and transformative power within each child. The sculpture will represent the power of education to create peace in the world by connecting children with their innate potential. It is both a celebration of the children and the belief that “within the child lies the fate of the future.”
To fund the project, organizers are building a Donors’ Path of engraved bricks. Buy your own special brick for your children or family. Get together with your classroom, bus stop or neighborhood to collaborate. Dedicate one to a very special person in your educational journey. Look for more information about a Celebration Gala this Spring as well.